“College GameDay” is breaking tradition somewhat in its latest college football destination, heading to Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati for the AAC meeting between Tulsa and the second-ranked Bearcats.
This will be Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and company’s first visit to Nippert Stadium, and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for Luke Fickell’s team. The Bearcats are among the biggest storylines of the year this season as they try to prove their College Football Playoff worthiness alongside the usual suspects of Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and more.
The first set of rankings came out on Tuesday, with Cincinnati ranked No. 6 in the initial poll.
Cincinnati has more than just its five remaining opponents to defeat if it wants to make the 2021 Playoff. It must also defeat the perception that, as a Group of 5 team, it simply isn’t on the same level as its Power 5 counterparts. A win over the 3-5 Golden Hurricanes won’t do much to impress objective observers, but it is an opportunity for quarterback Desmond Ridder and Co. to put on a clinic in a nationally televised game.
Cincinnati does have two wins over Power 5 competition, however, traveling to beat both Indiana and Notre Dame, the latter of which ranked No. 8 in the initial CFP poll. Wins over SMU and a potential meeting with Houston in the AAC championship game could also be resume-boosters (both teams are ranked in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, but conspiciuously absent from the CFP rankings). Will they be enough to vault the Bearcats into the Playoff?
Only time will tell, but “College GameDay” will be there to document the first step forward for the Bearcats on Saturday. With that, here’s everything you need to know as “College GameDay” makes its way to Nippert Stadium:
Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 10?
“GameDay” on Saturday will head to Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium for the first time in the history of the show. It will be only the second time the Bearcats are among the featured matchups on “GameDay.” They are 0-1 all time ahead of the Week 10 meeting with Tulsa — their only previous appearance was a 38-13 loss at No. 11 UCF in 2018.
Tulsa will also make its first appearance on “GameDay” on Saturday.
‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
Davis, Herbstreit, Howard and Pollack will preview Week 9 action live from Spartan Stadium starting at 9 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.
“GameDay” has a few viable options for Week 11. The first is No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor, which would be only the second Big 12 matchup of the season. That said, it may hedge its bets and hope No. 11 Oklahoma State takes only one loss into its Week 13 Bedlam rivalry matchup. Another option is the ranked matchup between No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 16 Ole Miss. Both teams have two losses in SEC play, so the winner is out of contention to play for the SEC championship game. The winner retains a slim chance.
No. 7 Michigan and Penn State face off as well; the Wolverines must avoid a loss if they want to remain in contention for the Big Ten East championship — the Nittany Lions would enjoy nothing more than to ruin Jim Harbaugh’s season.
Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 10?
“GameDay” has yet to announce its celebrity guest picker for Week 10.
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